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Is Broadway's Trump obsession good for business? Michael Moore's Terms of Surrender may not be profitable (yet), but a slew of new high-profile plays like Beau Willimon's The Parisian Woman are looking to capitalize on Trump's electoral win. Ashley Lee writes:
Does politics play on Broadway? Donald Trump is top of mind in New York theater circles, with a glut of Broadway plays aiming to capture the political zeitgeist. But whether his electoral victory translates to a win at the box office remains to be seen.
The latest production to try on Trump is The Parisian Woman, opening Nov. 30. Written by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon and starring Uma Thurman and Josh Lucas, the 90-minute dark comedy originally debuted in 2013 but has since been updated to be set after the 2016 election. Trump’s frequent tweeting and legislative inaction are topics of discussion, and phrases like “locker room talk” and “fake news” are crowd-pleasing punchlines. John F. Kelley, Jim Mattis and Steve Bannon are offscreen characters — the latter gets very drunk at a cocktail party and vomits all over the sofa.
"It’s just astonishing what’s going on — every day it’s another circus, it’s literally dizzying — so it’s a time when a little positive catharsis goes a long way,” says Tom Viertel, who is producing the play. He believes it’ll appeals to a bipartisan audience: “It turns out there are a lot of Republicans who have either deep misgivings or serious dislike of what’s going on in this administration. And for a lot of them, I don’t know that they’ll be all that offended by this, if at all.” Full story.
David Cassidy dies at 67. The former teen idol and Partridge Family star emerged from the 1970s ABC show as a music sensation, singing on hits like "I Think I Love You" and "Get Happy." He reportedly died of multiple organ failure. Full obit.
+ Cassidy's most memorable television roles. From Bonanza to Malcolm in the Middle (and, yes, The Celebrity Apprentice), Cassidy's pop-culture footprint extended far beyond the Partridges. The list.
What else we're reading...
— "The glaring blindspot of the 'Me Too' movement." Gillian B. White writes: "Lena Dunham’s defense of a Girls writer accused of sexual assault highlights how frequently allegations from women of color are dismissed." [>The Atlantic]
— "Gossip and news: strange bedfellows." Danielle Tcholakian writes: "Old media is understandably reluctant to embrace rumor. It’s scary to think about dismantling standards, and the protections they are meant to afford, especially after the Gawker lawsuit." [>Longreads]
— "How Denzel Washington and Dan Gilroy created an unforgettable idealist for Roman J. Israel, Esq." Mark Olsen writes: "Nightcrawler earned Gilroy an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay and a sense that for his next film he could capitalize on its acclaim and success to do what he wanted. And what he wanted was to write a script for Denzel Washington." [>Washington Post]
— "Your TV would cost more if NAFTA ends." Robbie Whelan and Santiago Perez write: "One of the biggest potential casualties of the trade scuffle under way between Mexico and the U.S. is also one of America’s favorite consumer products: cheap, high-definition, flat-panel televisions." [>Wall Street Journal]
— "CEO of HQ, the hottest app going: If you run this profile, we'll fire our host." Taylor Lorenz writes: "The trivia app has become a sensation on the app store and a darling for media prognosticators. Its CEO threatened to fire its star host for talking to us about salad." [>Daily Beast]
— "Comedy is booming right now. I can't wait for the bust." Jason Zinoman writes: "There’s already been some contraction online: NBC’s comedy streaming service Seeso folded; the pioneering site Funny or Die has made cutbacks. And even before the sudden downfall of Louis C.K. inspired a necessary reckoning, a sense of anxiety filled clubs about the possibility of a second bust." [>New York Times]
— "What do we do with the art of monstrous men?" Claire Dederer writes: "They did or said something awful, and made something great. The awful thing disrupts the great work; we can’t watch or listen to or read the great work without remembering the awful thing. Flooded with knowledge of the maker’s monstrousness, we turn away, overcome by disgust. Or … we don’t." [>Paris Review]
What else we're seeing...
+ "Charlie Rose and 'The Crusty Paw.'" [>Late Show]
+ "Trump pardons a turkey." [>Late Night]
+ "Justin Hartley was busted for pretending to be Ryan Reynolds for a fan." [>Tonight Show]
What else we're hearing...
+ "Mr. Robot's Sam Esmail: Interview." [>The Treatment / KCRW]
+ "Chuck Klosterman on monoculture and Tom Petty's passing." [>Bill Simmons Podcast / The Ringer]
+ "Confronting Apu." [>Brian Lehrer Show / WNYC]
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